Humane Society offers $5,000 reward in pit bull shooting case

IVINS – The Humane Society of the United States has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for shooting a pit bull with an arrow Friday on Highway 91.

Aggie Smith, Ivins Animal Control officer and director of the Ivins Animal Shelter, said she was contacted by the Humane Society about the incident this week, and the Humane Society offered the reward money to assist in capturing the person or persons responsible for shooting the dog.

The pit bull was found Friday morning by Sgt. Kurt Bowen, of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, about 20 minutes from Ivins on Highway 91. The animal had been shot with an arrow and left for dead.

Since being found, the pit bull has successfully undergone surgery and has been placed in a foster home to recover. The pit bull is expected to make a full recovery, Smith said.

“He’s doing really well,” she said.

The Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter and Washington County Sheriff’s Office are collaboratively seeking donations to help cover the cost of the dog’s current and future medical needs. Contributions are tax deductible and can be submitted by calling 435-673-1718 or can be mailed to:

Friends of Ivins Animal Shelter
661 E. 425 South
Ivins, Utah  84738

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 435-656-6500.

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11 Comments

  • Sigmund August 19, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    When I first heard about a “dog shot with an arrow,” I had sympathy for the dog. But now that I learn that it was a pit bull, and it was running around loose, and possibly endangering the public, especially kids, I’m ready to offer a reward myself – for the one who skewered it.

    • Dana August 20, 2014 at 10:55 am

      You are sick and twisted. Save your money for therapy.

    • Antoinette August 21, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      I definitely second that. Not on your comment but to the comment that you are sick and twisted. Therapy is not what you need you are probably way beyond help.

    • teemee2 August 21, 2014 at 9:15 pm

      ARE YOU KIDDING!!!! REALLY!!!! PIT BULLS ARE WONDERFUL LOVING ANIMALS!!!! YOU NEED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BREED, IT ALWAYS IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE THE UGLY HUMAN BEHIND THE DOG!!!! INSTEAD OF LOOKING FOOLISH AND OPENING YOUR MOUTH WITHOUT THINKING OR KNOWING BREED, YOU APPEAR TO BE VERY IGNORANT!!!

  • Bobber August 19, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    as much as I don’t like these “pit bull” things, an arrow wound is a slow, painful way to die, so I hope they lock up this perp

  • David August 20, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    No one wants these dogs until they’re in the news. Meanwhile your local animal shelter is overflowing with pit bulls.

  • Bobber August 20, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    The dogs need to be put down quick and less painless…

    • Bobber August 20, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      I mean without torturing it. but “pit bulls” should all be put down…

  • Koolaid August 21, 2014 at 7:41 am

    If the dog had been left in a hot car and died, would there be a fund raiser for the owner?

  • Antoinette August 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Dana is the only one with morals. All you people are nuts. You can’t judge the whole species as one. It’s insane.

  • Kris August 21, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Is UTAH always this way or is the water you drink??? YOU ARE PLACING BLAME ON AN ANIMAL WHO ARE NOT BORN EVIL, NO ONE IS BORN EVIL, THIS IS Prejudice, and completely insane, HUMANS THAT DO THIS CAN BECOME MURDERS,RAPISTS,ETC, JUST LIKE NO ANIMAL HAS CONTROL OVER THIER SITUTATION, THE HUMAN HAS THAT, AND SOME HUMANS ARE JUST PLAIN CRUEL,MEAN,AND HARM AND MURDER, AND SERAIL KILLERS START OFF MURDERING ANIMALS! GET YOUR FACTS RIGHT BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH AND COMPLETELY LOOK FOOLISH!!!

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